Ise Jingu shrine is a mecca of Japanese Shinto religion, or mecca of Japanese spirit. For myself, year 2012's main meomory is that I could finally visit the Shrine.
It's hard to explain how this Shrine means for the Japanese. Dense history, mysterious legend, or people's cause for existance is always with this Shrine for us, Japanese.
It's in the sacred wood. Main shrine house is moved every 20 years for a long history time. Peopls of Japan come here to pray before they die without knowing the reason for that pilgrimage. This place has something important when we explain about the origine of Japanese people.
I would love to visit again soon.
In Ise district, they have a unique Udon noodle called Ise Udon. The texture is very soft and tender. Usually people like a hard and resilient Udon but this Udon is totally on contradiction. Personally I like it. If you are Udon lover, a try is recommended.